January BOW Classes

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Upcoming Classes

January 2022

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Please share your thoughts and ideas about the future of conservation and outdoor recreation in Minnesota.

The DNR is embarking on a transformational effort, in collaboration with Minnesotans, to identify a new funding framework to ensure we can serve new, returning, and long-time outdoor enthusiasts, and sustainably manage our natural resources for generations to come.

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Turkey Hunting Archery Series

Women who want to improve their archery target shooting then build on that experience by learning how to hunt wild turkeys are encouraged to enroll in the archery series that begins in 2022. You can register for one or all of the sessions. For more details email linda.bylander@state.mn.us.

Session 1: Archery bowhunting basics webinar, February 23, noon to 1 p.m. This free webinar is open to the public. Registration for session 1 is now open at Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series. Join BOW volunteer Desiree Holmberg to learn about bowhunting equipment and hunting basics.

Session 2: Women’s archery shop basics and target practice, Archery Country, Rogers, March 12, noon to 1 p.m., fee $15. This women only program introduces women to the services provided at archery shops then ends with practice shooting at the indoor range.

Session 3: Women’s archery practice, A-1 Archery, Hudson, March 29, 6 - 7 p.m., fee $20. This women only program will focus on archery target shooting.

Session 4: Turkey hunting clinic, A-1 Archery, Hudson, March 29, 7 - 8 p.m., free. This in-person clinic that is open to the public will focus on the basics of archery turkey hunting. The DNR website also has a pre-recorded video on how to hunt turkeys.

Session 5: Women’s hunting Q&A session, Zoom, April 5, 7- 8 p.m., free. This session open to women will focus on hunting clothing and your hunting questions.

Session 6: 3-D Archery shoot, April 23, Chilakoot Bowhunters Club, Stillwater, time TBD, fee $20. This 3-D shoot is open to the public. Women will be grouped together to practice shooting outdoors at 3-D targets to learn when and where to shoot and to gauge shooting distance.

Session 7: Women’s mentored archery turkey hunt, May 6 - 8, East Bethel, fee TBD. Women will hunt two days with a mentor.  Session dependent on health guidelines. 

Women Workshops 

Snowshoeing, Saturday, January 22, 1 - 3 p.m., Fee $8, Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve, Register by January 15 at www.slprec.org. Class code is 5362.

Women ages 18+ are you looking for a new way to enjoy the great outdoors in the winter? How about a snowshoeing class offered through the Women's Winter Workshop series provided by the Spring Lake Parks & Recreation Department? These women-only workshops are a great way to learn snowshoeing while meeting other women who love the outdoors. Pre-registration is required, and equipment is included in the program fee.

Dog Mushing! Women’s Winter Adventure, February 3 – 6 or Feb. 24 – 27, 2022, Fee $1,295, Grand Marais/Hovland, limit 4, Register at www.points-unknown.com/women/.

This class is taught by Linda Newman, a veteran trainer whose Hedlund Huskies are descendants of Alaskan huskies that had been bred and trained for use in trap line teams in Alaska. Linda has been a highly popular BOW volunteer instructor for 15 years.

In this class, you will be immersed in Linda’s off-grid lifestyle while learning how to run sled dogs. Fee includes lodging, meals and instruction.

Three Rivers Park District Classes for Women

BOW works cooperatively with Three Rivers Park District to offer programs for women. Register for these classes by calling Three Rivers Parks at 763-559-6700.

Classic Cross-Country Beginner Classes, Elm Creek Park Reserve, January 15, 12:30 - 2 p.m., or Hyland Lake Park Reserve, January 22, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Fee $24. Equipment rental additional $12 plus tax if needed.

Learn proper equipment fitting, diagonal stride, stopping, turning and hill techniques. For beginner skiers and those wanting a review.

Skate Style Cross-Country Beginner Classes, Elm Creek Park Reserve, January 15, 10 - 11:30 a.m., or Hyland Lake Park Reserve, January 22, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Fee $28. Equipment rental additional $17 plus tax if needed.

Learn basic skate skiing skills. Practice push off, weight transfer, glide and poling. Prior classic skiing experience recommended.

Free Family Webinars

These webinars are part of the Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series that aims to give participants quick, relevant information on upcoming seasons and events, and skills to help enjoy the outdoors.

Webinars are live on Wednesday starting at noon. For more details or to view past webinars and to register for upcoming webinars visit Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series.

  • January 5 – High School clay target program
  • January 12 – Ice angling for panfish
  • January 19 – Dark house spearing
  • January 26 ­– Winter squirrel hunting

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program (BOW)

The BOW program provides hunting, fishing, and non-consumptive outdoor skills classes to women in a safe and supportive environment. BOW works cooperatively with DNR staff, volunteers and outside agencies to provide opportunities for women to learn skills. BOW is guided by a volunteer steering committee. To find out more visit the BOW Website.

Do you want to stay informed about upcoming fisheries, wildlife and habitat management activities and ways that you can discover, explore and experience Minnesota’s outdoors? Then sign up for Minnesota Fishing and Minnesota Wildlife email notifications available for free on the DNR website. Updates are also available for state parks, scientific and natural areas, the Eagle Cam and more.

Visit the DNR's Learn to Hunt and Learn to Fish web pages to learn how to hunt or fish a variety of species.